A TEENAGE photographer has been named Westhoughton's young citizen of the year in honour of his community work over the years.

Jamie Faulkner, aged 16, has been using his photography and DJ skills to help out at various functions in Westhoughton.

These include events held by his former school Washacre Primary and Westhoughton High School, where he is currently studying for his GCSEs.

Jamie said: "I was so shocked to have won such award after my community work. I did the photography, parties and radio to give back to the community and never thought anything would come of it.

"I am so thankful for everyone who voted for me as a nominee and especially Jenny Haunch from Washacre Primary School who wrote the original nomination."

The talented youngster has also set up his own media publishing company called LFAProductions, which posts daily aviation content and helps to advertise companies and sell merchandise.

Jamie said he started photography when he was young to see if it would be a good community choice and to see if he could become self-employed.

His Facebook page Official Low Flying Aircraft is now nearing 40,000 followers and he has a number of others that range from 300 to 5,000 followers.

The teenager has been roundly praised for his work and for receiving the award, including by his current head of year Chris Dignam.

He said: "It is always good news when we hear about successes of our students in the local community. Jamie gets actively involved in the activities that the school promotes to enhance his skills and qualities.

"Jamie has involved himself in a number of school driven initiatives that have impacted positively on the school and wider community."

The youngster received the award from the mayor of Westhoughton Cllr Samantha Watkin.

In a statement, a spokesman from Westhoughton Town Council described Jamie as a 'worthy recipient' of the award.